For the past six weeks or so I have been working on Girasole by Brooklyn Tweed (Jared Flood). It is a circular lace pattern that can be worked as a shawl or a

light throw depending on the needle size and yarn gauge you decide to work with. I ended up making mine with Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool, which is a light worsted, and size 9 needles so it can be used as a throw.

I am happy to say that as of this morning my Girasole (more pics here) is all done! I actually finished knitting it a week ago and was excited to start blocking it. However, after checking my blocking pins, I quickly realized that I didn't have enough. I ordered some online which arrived on Friday so I spend Saturday morning blocking it. This morning I unblocked it and weaved in the two loose ends. I must say that I am really happy with how it turned out.

The only part that actually felt like it dragged a bit was working the knitted-on lace edging. I realized why after doing a little math. On the rounds before you start the edging, you have 640 sts on your needle. But with the lace edging (and all the back and forth knitting) you end up working over 9,300 sts on that last round. The grand total for the whole piece is around 63,000, so that means the edging alone makes up about 15% of the throw. After figuring that out, the slower pace of the last round felt much more appropriate.

All in all this was quite an enjoyable knit. Despite the large scale of the project (and excepting the edging), things moved along quickly. The pattern repeats were logical and easy to memorize and kept things interesting and engaging without being too complicated. Definitely something that I look forward to making again.


Bill's picture

...I've seen several examples of that...but I think yours is the most handsome!

KenInMaine's picture

Wow, thanks, Bill!

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful work. And the border is certainly worth the effort. What an accomplishment.

rmbm612's picture

Its beautiful. What is the diameter of the shawl after blocking?

KenInMaine's picture

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that in the original post. The final diameter was supposed to be 72". I blocked mine out at 76" and after unblocking it relaxed down to about 70".

Tom Hart's picture

Mag-bleeping-nificent! Really. Completely awesome. Over the top once again. Congratulations!

Buzzboy's picture

How beautiful! You did a great job.


Potter's picture

That looks very impressive! Love it.

Simply stunning. Congratulations on a fabulous piece of work.

Nehkhasi's picture

That is the Bomb! Gorgeous! The very one I desire to attempt.... Not yet though! LOL Patternistic FEAR! Girasole Beautiful!


KenInMaine's picture

I wouldn't hesitate to try it whenever you feel you're ready. Casting on was probably the trickiest part. If you can get it cast on, you'll do fine!

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You for that encouragement. I so desire to do something this beautiful!


KenInMaine's picture

Thanks so much for the nice comments, everyone!

AKQGuy's picture

That is one beautiful piece of work. Congratulations. I thought about doing that pattern when I made MMario's Queen Anne Lace. I think you've made me decide what my next circular lace work will be.

AKQGuy's picture

That is one beautiful piece of work. Congratulations. I thought about doing that pattern when I made MMario's Queen Anne Lace. I think you've made me decide what my next circular lace work will be.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Extremely nice knitting, Ken. I applaud your skills and the patience to block that behemoth. The results are fantastic.

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SAPBrown's picture

Oh My! I love the color (I like neutral tones)
You just might get me to try my hand at lace.

Kerry's picture

Superb Girasole Ken, what a beautiful job you've done..... I love that colour.

Absolutely fantasitc! So beautiful. You should be very proud!

I have never done any lace that large, but this certainly looks like it might be in my future----Absolutely terrific job!!!

Tallguy's picture

Beautiful piece of work! Love the colour, and I imagine it would feel just great as well.

True, it was an ambitious project. For beginners, never look at how far you have to go, but do it one step at a time. Little by little, it will get done. This is not a race! Don't set up deadlines. All knitting, no matter how big or small, is all done one stitch at a time.

Start with a dishcloth (my favourite "practice" piece). It is small enough that you can get through it quickly enough. Do it in dishcloth cotton so the stitches are large enough to see what you are doing. And it is not what you wanted, you could always rip it out and start over. Cotton is very forgiving. Even with mistakes, it can still work as a dishcloth!

billvenice's picture

Awesome job. I did mine in a grey/blue and tried to post aid true of it